The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday acknowledged the town’s efforts to comprise the outbreak of Covid-19 in Dharavi, India’s largest slum. Dharavi was a sizzling spot in June, however has seen a pointy drop in circumstances in July. WHO chief Tedros Adha-nom Ghebreyesus mentioned Italy, Spain, South Korea and Dharavi have confirmed the virus may very well be reined in by means of aggressive motion.
“In the last six weeks cases have more than doubled,” Tedros informed a digital press convention in Geneva. However, “there are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” mentioned Tedros.
“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.”
State setting minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, “This is huge for our very own Dharavi that has chased the virus. State Govt and @mybmc teams, along with NGOs, Elected Representatives and most importantly, Dharavikars! Let’s keep this going! Thank you @WHO for recognising their efforts, and will keep going on.”
Experts say Dharavi managed to flatten the curve by the tip of June. Throughout June, Dharavi recorded a mean of 18 new circumstances every day, with the very best single-day spike in recorded circumstances on June 1 (34 new circumstances). Since July, the variety of new circumstances has declined.
On Tuesday, Dharavi recorded just one case, its lowest single-day determine in over two months. Subsequently, on Wednesday, it recorded three new circumstances and 9 on Thursday. Twelve new circumstances had been recorded on Friday. The whole variety of circumstances in Dharavi now stands at 2359, with 166 energetic circumstances.
Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of G (North) ward, which has jurisdiction over Dharavi, mentioned, “Testing, massive screening, identifying patients and their high-risk contacts, and isolating them from the community has worked very well for Dharavi. The focus is to maintain this situation in Dharavi, so we will continue these efforts.”
With inputs from AFP